And We Challenged The Dragon

May 23, 2014 fm


© Călin Gîlea

From May 16 to 18, 2014, I attended another spectacular Toastmasters International District Conference. Following the motto ‘Challenge the Dragon’, Krakow was our last joint conference as one integrated continental European District 59. We could almost see, smell, touch, taste and hear the palpable melancholy.

I joined my first Toastmasters District Conference in Nuremberg in 2006. Barcelona, The Hague, Basel, Poznan, Bonn, Antwerp, Budapest and Krakow followed. Every time I went, I learned so much. From the speakers, in the workshops, in the hallway, bar and party conversations. As a professional speaker and trainer, Toastmasters District Conferences are one of my most important R&D departments.

Below, I share with you some of the phrases that made me think during the weekend.

From barriers to goldfish, from aura to values

[The prospects] gotta have skin in the game. – Jack Vincent. An American football expression. Sales guru Jack Vincent uses it as an analogy to explain that our prospects need to be involved in the sales process. After each interaction the prospect should leave behind some “skin in the game”.

Create stories where you and your audience meet. – Åsa Rydhard

KFC – Know your audience. Face your fears. Connect with the audience. – Judy Challiner

The AURA effect – authenticity, understanding, retention, action. – Sebastian Lora

A goldfish can pay [100%] attention to something for nine seconds, a human being for eight. – Sebastian Lora

No attention, no action. – Sebastian Lora

Attention is volatile. – Sebastian Lora

Attention is the audience’s most valuable commodity. – Sebastian Lora

Don’t leave them [the audience] on a downer. – Jock Elliot, 2011 World Champion of Public Speaking

We swapped lies about business. I told better lies. He was depressed. – Jock Elliot. A great example of self-deprecating humor. 450 people roared with laughter.

Everything [including the clothes you wear] is part of the show. – Jock Elliot

It failed because it worked. – Jock Elliot

Where there is no substance, there is no point. – Jock Elliot

The audience doesn’t judge; the judges judge. – Jock Elliot. OK, this IS a Toastmasters specific issue… 😉

I don’t want to change people’s lives, but I want to make them think. – Jock Elliot

Blood is thicker than water, and no one is thicker than my brother. – Jock Elliot. Again, great use of self, or in this case brother-deprecating humor combined with the pattern of humor “exaggeration”.

What matters to you may not matter to the audience. – Jock Elliot

Among those many I want to put [a person] into the center of attention. – Mark Alder

And I face a very obvious barrier myself… my dialect. – Alexander Lang. One of the best uses of the pattern of humor “unexpected” I’ve ever heard. You have to know, of course, that my friend Alex has a muscle disease and sits in a wheel chair.

Without barriers we live better. – Alexander Lang

A rejection is nothing but an illusion. – Unknown

People make decisions based on values. – Patrick Nini

Comments (4)

  1. Rudy Moralez

    In every contest, one person takes home the trophy; however, everyone can take home your message. — Jock Elliot

    We need to talk… — Vera Orac (she presents a phrase meaning a one-way conversation, and by the end of her presentation, “Talking,” the phrase is a desire to truly communicate between two or more people), 3rd Place in the International Speech Contest

  2. I have a few more:
    “When we really believe in what we’re saying, our body will respond accordingly” – Tulia Lopes
    “The only way to be sure of dying in bed is always remaining in bed” – Jock Elliot
    “Nerves mean that you care” – Jock Elliot
    “It’s not how fantastic you are. Is how fantastic people think you are” – Olivia Schofield
    “The only way to improve is to reflect. The only way to reflect is having something to reflect upon” – Olivia Schofield

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *